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Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences
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Baumhofer
Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health Sciences
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Dr. Baumhofer an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health Sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu. Her current work draws on concepts and theories from medicine, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and public health to reduce Native Hawaiian health disparities within a social justice framework. In this way, her work addresses how social and cultural environments are embodied within individuals and manifest as the unequal distribution of disease between populations. Specifically, she is interested in the prevention of cardiometabolic disease through community interventions that aim to reinforce ʻai pono and address the cultural, historical, and social determinants of disease. 

She has been awarded the Harvard University Native American Program’s 1665 Caleb Cheeshateaumuck Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and the 2016 Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award for Work with Vulnerable Populations from The Chan School of Public Health.

Queenʻs Health System Health Equity Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department of Native Hawaiian Health

University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine, 2017-2019

 

Doctorate of Science in Society, Human Development, and Health

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2016

 

Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education

Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 2012

 

Master of Arts in Pacific Islands Studies

Center for Pacific Islands Studies

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2007

 

Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies

Department of Ethnic Studies

Mills College, 2004

Assistant Professor of Indigenous Health Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu in Kapolei, HI

August 2019 to current

 

Lecturer, University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu in Kapolei, HI

January 2019 to July 2019

 

Assistant Professor of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaka‘ako, HI

January 2017 to June 2019

 

Special Appointment Faculty, Adjunct – Acting, Hawaiʻi Pacific University in Honolulu, HI

January 2017 to October 2017

 

Assistant Researcher, John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kaka‘ako, HI

September 2016 to January 2017

University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu

HLTH 204 Introduction to Native Hawaiian & Indigenous Health & Healing

Division of Public Administration

  • Instructor – Spring 2019

Summer Bridge Programs (Ike Ola & ʻAʻaliʻi)

  • Instructor - Summer 2019

Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences

  • Instructor – Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020

HLTH 350 Biostatistics

Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences

  • Instructor – Fall 2020

HLTH 360 Health Disparities and Pacific Peoples

Division of Mathematics, Natural and Health Sciences

  • Instructor – Fall 2020

PUBA 307 Community Health Analysis

Division of Public Administration

  • Instructor – Fall 2019

PUBA 334 Intersection of Community & Global Health

Divison of Public Administration

  • Instructor – Fall 2019

 

Hawaiʻi Pacific University

PH6120 Biostatistics

Department of Public Health

  • Instructor – Fall 2017

PH2020 Human Disease

Department of Public Health

  • Instructor – Spring 2017

PH6240 Multicultural Health

Department of Public Health

  • Instructor – Spring 2017

 

Harvard University

Introduction to Biostatistics, Summer Program in Epidemiology

Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Instructor – Summer 2016

GHP523 Paradigms of Social Theory

Department of Global Health & Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

  • Teaching Assistant – Spring 2016
  • Primary Instructor: Peter Berman, Professor of the Practice of Global Health Systems and Economics, Faculty Director Harvard DrPH
  • Co-Instructors: Bridget Hanna, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University & Jason Silverstein, Doctoral candidate, Department of Anthropology at Harvard University

Societies of the World 25 Case Studies in Global Health

Department of Anthropology, Harvard University Faculty of Arts & Sciences

  • Teaching Fellow – Fall 2015
  • Head Teaching Fellow: Jason Silverstein
  • Lead Instructors: Arthur Kleinman, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Medical Anthropology in Social Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Asia Center, Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Ann Becker, Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine & Salmaan Keshavjee, Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine

SBS 250 Research on Social and Behavioral Health: A Practical Guide to Clinical Effectiveness Program

Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

  • Teaching Assistant – Summer 2015
  • Lead Instructor: Jennifer Haas, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

AAAS 197 Poverty, Race, & Health

Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University

  • Teaching Fellow - Spring 2013
  • Lead Instructor: David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences

SBS 201 Society, Human Development & Health

Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

  • Head Teaching Assistant – Fall 2015
  • Co-Head Teaching Assistant – Summer 2014; Fall 2014; Summer 2015
  • Teaching Assistant – Fall 2013
  • Lead Instructor: Ichiro Kawachi, John L. Loeb and Frances Professor of Social Epidemiology; Chair, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Van Dyke, M, Baumhofer, NK, Williams, DR, Clark, CR, Lewis, TT. (2018). Experience of discrimination and increasing allostatic load score among Midlife in the United States participants. Psychosomatic Medicine, 82(3).

Baumhofer, NK & Yamane, C. (2019). Multilevel Racism and Native Hawaiian Health. In Marino, BA, Ford, CL, Griffith, DM (Eds.) Is it Race or Racism?: State of the Evidence and Tools for the Public Health Professional. Washington DC, APHA Press.

 

Baumhofer, NK, Panapasa, SV, Cook, EF, Roberto, CA, Williams, DR. (2018). Association of cultural affinity and island foods consumption in the Pacific Islander Health Study. Ethnicity & Health. (Epub ahead of print: https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2018.1547815).

 

Baumhofer, NK, Panapasa, SV, Cook, EF, Roberto, CA, Williams, DR. (2017). Sociodemographic factors influencing island food consumption in the Pacific Islander Health Study. Ethnicity & Health, 1-18, (Epub ahead of print: https://doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2017.1418300).

 

Baumhofer, NK, Rothfus, N, Yoshimura, S, Quensell, ML, Look, MA. (Epub 2014 March 14). Developing a Multicultural Nutrition Education Tool: Pacific Island Food Models. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior, 46(5), 451. PMID: 24637064.

 

Donovan DM, Daley DC, Brigham GS, Hodgkins CC, Perl HI, Garrett SB, Doyle SR, Floyd AS, Knox PC, Botero C, Kelly TM, Killeen TK, Hayes C, Baumhofer NK, Seamans C, Zammarelli L. (2013). Stimulant abuser groups to engage in 12-step: a multisite trial in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(1):103-14. PMID: 22657748.

 

Look, MA, Baumhofer NK, Ng-Osorio J, Furubayashi JK, Kimata C. (2008). Diabetes Training of Community Health Workers serving Native Hawaiians and Pacific People. Diabetes Educator, 34(5):834-40. PMID: 18832288.

 

Mau MK, Sinclair K, Saito EP, Baumhofer NK, Kaholokula JK. (2009) Cardiometabolic Health Disparities in Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders. Epidemiologic Reviews, 31:113-29. PMID: 19531765.

Gut Microbiome Changes in Infants Fed Hand-pounded poi, Commercially-milled poi, and Fortified Rice Cereal, 2018-2019

Funding mechanism: C-MAIKI (Center for Microbiome Analysis through Island Knowledge and Investigation)
Award amount: $12,000
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

NHLBI PRIDE (Programs to Increase Diversity among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research) at the University of Arizona, 2017 to 2018

  • Competitively-awarded year-long training program for under-represented minority faculty researchers to develop NIH award proposals.
  • Supervisor: Douglas Taren, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor, Health Promotion Sciences Department

Queenʻs Health System Health Equity Fellowship, 2017 to 2019

  • Awarded to one Native Hawaiian, post-doctoral researcher for a period of two years to build professional capacity to address health disparities among Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.
  • Supervisor: J. Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula, PhD, Department Chair, Native Hawaiian Health

1665 Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Harvard University Native American Program, Harvard University, 2015 to 2016

  • Awarded $10,000 per year to Harvard University doctoral candidates whose work is related to the indigenous peoples of the Americas and demonstrates scholastic excellence.

Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University, 2016

  • Awarded to Harvard College Teaching Fellows with student assessments that average at least 4.5 out of 5.0.

Dr. Fang-Ching Sun Memorial Award for work with Vulnerable Populations, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2016

  • Awarded to one graduating Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health student who is nominated by faculty or peers for their outstanding work with vulnerable populations

Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Training Grant, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health (NIH #5R25GM055353-11), 2012 to 2014

  • Two-year mentored training grant with tuition assistance and living stipend awarded to 15 doctoral students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from underrepresented minority groups.

Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, American Public Health Association

Student Research Award for “Historical and Spatial Relations as Fundamental Determinants of American Indian Infant Mortality in Michigan,” 2012

  • Awarded to students for excellence in research projects by the APHA Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section at the annual APHA meeting.

Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Training Grant, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health (NIH #5R25GM055353-11), 2012 to 2014

  • Two-year mentored training grant with tuition assistance and living stipend awarded to 15 doctoral students at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health from underrepresented minority groups.

 

Nā Limakuʻi Council - 2019-current